Department of Family and Community Services

Current levels and trends

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The rest of the chapter describes the current status of NSW women in the topic areas listed above and the direction of change over time, where time-series information is available. The latest available data is used in each case.

For some indicators, no new data is available since the 2012 Women in NSW Report. In this case, indicators are not repeated in the body of the chapter but are listed in the box bellow.

IndicatorWomen in NSW 2012Source
Age-standardised death rates4.6 deaths per 1,000 women compared to 6.8 deaths per 1,000 men
Plus analysis of leading causes
ABS Causes of Deaths, Australia, 2010.
Breast cancer screening rate (women in the target age group of 50 to 69 years)53 percent screened in 2009-2010 (biennial period)BreastScreen NSW and Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
Cervical cancer screening rate (women in the target age group of 20 to 69 years)56 percent screened in 2009-2010 (biennial period)Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
Breastfeeding (percentage 0 to 23 months ever breastfed and still breastfed at 12 months)93 percent of children 0 to 23 months ever breastfed in 2010 32 percent still breastfed at 12 monthsNSW Ministry of Health NSW Child Health Survey 2010.